Thursday, September 24, 2009

Love is Laughter

I think I have mentioned before, but I'm always cold, and Kevin is always hot. Always. The weather has been perfect lately to open the windows and let the cool air flood our home. That is until yesterday when the humidity came back.

Barely mumbling a hello to me, Kevin came home and made a beeline to the thermostat. I have become accustom to this, and bit my tongue about telling him how that would effect our PECO bill.

Flash forward a few hours and he's already in bed and I'm brushing my teeth. Casually, I stroll into the hall to see what he has lower the temperature too. After spending all summer with the air on, I have learned that it wasn't a question as to IF he lowered the temp, it was HOW low. After bumping it back up to normal, I crawled into bed. Not even a minute later Kevin announces that he needs to get some water and ask if I want anything. Shaking my head I say no and turn out my light. The second he's out the door I pounced out of bed and too the hall only to see him by the thermostat! He looked at me and we lost it.

I love how we know each other so well that he knew I would adjust it, and I knew that he would check! There is nothing better than being married to your best friend, knowing them inside and out and being able to laugh at ourselves instead of being mad.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bean & Veggie Burritos

It's funny how the change in season's change so much. Over the summer there is way too much going on, and it's too nice outside (not to mention too hot inside), to cook. Our meal planning and cooking dinners feel wayward. Fast, easy, and not requiring the oven became our perimeters.

Well, now that it's cooling off, I've found myself in the kitchen all week so far. I've missed it. Kevin and I both love cooking, but we don't stop there, we love to modify meals. Having my degree in nutrition, I've spent many hours in the food lab at school learning what effects substitutions had on foods. Kevin just likes to be creative. He prefers to create a recipe as he goes. I'm excited to see what we come up with this year!

I'll leave y'all with the recipe from our Monday night meal. Enjoy! :-)

Bean and Veggie Burritos
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large seek potato (baked & diced)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans
  • 1 cup corn (froze, fresh, canned you pick)
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 4-6 tortillas (10 in)
1. Preheat over to 350*
2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
3. Add oregano, garlic and any other spices you desire, and mix.
4. Add 1T water, stir and remove from heat.
5. Stir in the sweet potato, beans, corn, pepper and lime juice.
6. Sprinkle 2 T of cheese in the center of each tortilla, and top with approx. 1 cup of the veggie/bean mixture. (I don't measure, I go by sight, which is how I end up with more tortillas)
7. Fold up the bottom and sides (burrito style) and place in a baking dish, seam side down.
8. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes, or until heated through. (I think 20 minutes work fine, but that's just me.)

Sorry I don't have a picture, I'll have to remember to keep my camera close by BEFORE we dig in!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm Free, Free Falling...

I have had that song stuck in my head since we sang it during club on Sunday!

Happy First Day of FALL!!!

Can you believe that summer is actually over? It just feels like the other day I was so excited to break out the shorts and sundresses. Trudging down to the pool every evening just to get some sun, relax, read and swim a few laps before dinner. Planning vacation with both families, that are now just memories. Where did summer go?

Maybe it seems shorter because most of June was chilly and overcast. I don't know what the reason, but now it's time to enjoy a new season. I am a summer lover 110%, but there is something about Fall that's magical. Maybe is the chilly nights, where you can wear jeans and a hoodie, or that you can now snuggle up on the couch, under a blanket with your love. (Okay, I'm guilty of using a blanket in the summer too, but Kevin is mister hot blood and won't even come close to one). I love watching the leaves change colors (but cry when they fall). Love hot apple cider, carving pumpkins, and bonfires.

It's a bittersweet time, saying goodbye to my precious Summer and sun, but at least I don't mind welcoming Fall in with open arms. Winter on the other hand...
But I still have a while before I have to worry about that dreaded time. :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Leader Weekend

So this past weekend I spent down in OCNJ with an awesome group of God-fearing men and women who have hearts for the youth.

The view that greeted us when we arrived wasn't your typical beach scene. Road blocks were up everywhere because so many streets were flooded.

The rain did a number on the beaches too! Look at that drop off! Byebye Jersey shore!

In between sessions we had some down time to play... hello Bananagram! Basically it's like Scrabble on steroids.
Half the group HAD to have their Mack&Manko's pizza, while some of us hit up the food court next door. Ever seen a Stromboli that big???
Followed by some awesome beach volleyball. Take note the size of our court...
...and the size of theirs. Luckily, so still managed to win!
Oh, and we got to see some pretty sick cars since it was hot rod weekend.
Meet team Wyld Life!!! Can't wait to start reaching out to the middle schoolers!
Thank you so much to the Carnuccio's for open up your beautiful home!!!
Sorry for the choppiness of the post. There was so much crammed into 24 hours it's impossible to recap. God totally showed up and moved in that house as well as my heart. It's not about the list and what has to get done, I have feed myself first, before I can try and feed others.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day with the Family

After spending 3 days with my out in Lancaster with my family really made me miss it. I love West Chester and all, but there's just something about home.

Meet Cinder and Jiggs. These sweet babies belong to our neighbor, but they think they live with my family! The light gray one actually ran into the house when one of the family members opened the door!

The one side of our property is a field, and this year was rotation year, so there was hay instead of cornstalks. We just happened to get up there while they were baling.
This is my Nana. She hates to have her picture taken, so you have to be sneaky. She's my only living grandparent, so I enjoy any time I get to spend with her!
This is her about 85 years ago.
Little brother loves to copy me, and as soon as he sees me taking pictures he has to get his camera out too. He swears that Nikon's are better than Canon's...I beg to differ.
We got a tripod for Christmas, but I have yet to use it, so we tried a few night shots. Too bad it was cloudy and breezy.
The older I get the more time I wish I had with family. The brother pictured above is moving back to West Chester this weekend, so I get to see him, but everyone else is an hour away in Lancaster. :-(

Friday, September 4, 2009

It's The Freakin' Weekend...

...I'm about to have me some fun!

After a super long week, I am soooo ready to have 3 days off! We will be heading out West to Lancaster to spend some time with mi familia, and have a Crnkovic' family picnic, which is always good times. As long as the weather holds out hopefully there will be some bocci, some lawn darts, and maybe even a canoe trip. Sadly my youngest brother, Mark, won't be joining in the fun since he's too cool for school (does anyone even say that any more?) and prefers spending time at his cabin by the river than with his family. That's a 21 year old for ya.

Then on Monday we head out East to have a picnic with some friends from church. It's gonna be fun!

What funness do you have planned?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Any of you who have been to college know the madness of the first week. The thrill of new classes. The stress of looking over the syllabus. The joy of seeing a familiar face. The dread of buy the books.

I never seemed to dread buying my books as much as I dreaded everyone buying theirs. I worked in the off campus bookstore, and while everyone else was enjoying the first week of class and getting settled in, I was busting my butt and working 70 hour weeks on top of going to class! It definitely sucked, but then being able to relax and only work a handful of hours throughout the semester made up for it.

Well, I never seemed to be able to get out of the textbook business, just moved up a bit. Both our bookstores and our warehouse are experiencing rush right now, and since part of my job is accounts receivable guess who gets the joy of dealing with all the money problems. Including counting 18 register drawers for each store to make sure there aren't too many mistakes before they go to the bank. Oh yeah, and I did I mention that I do the payroll too? So needless to say I'm super busy which is why I haven't been on here much.